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KEARNEY — As it has over the course of the last year, Kearney is working to resolve issues associated with faulty, aging waterlines throughout the city.

At the board’s Monday, Sept. 16 meeting, under the consent agenda, aldermen approved an addendum to engineering design work to add waterline replacements for Lawrence and Major streets between Clark and Grove streets. Both sections are an additional 990 feet.

The work is in addition to previously approved work to replace lines along Grove Street. The added design work will cost the city $16,600 in addition to the $26,000 for Grove Street.

“There is no question the Lawrence and Major streets waterlines are equally a priority with the Grove water main for replacement candidates,” stated City Administrator Jim Eldridge in his report to the board.

“We are going to go from Grove to the fourplexes there … and hook onto the plastic line there,” Utilities Director Jay Bettis said. “Hopefully, people will quit having leaks.”

While line work is in the design phase, Bettis said once work begins, crews will work mostly in ditches to avoid disruption to residents who live on the impacted streets.

“We won’t be blocking traffic other than just maybe a couple hours a day to do a tie-in,” he said, adding people will still have access to their driveways.

Managing Editor Amanda Lubinski can be reached at amanda.lubinski@mycouriertribune.com or 903-6001.

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